betsybensen

hand crafted, one of a kind artisan jewelry

Portland, Oregon · 1121 Sales

betsybensen

hand crafted, one of a kind artisan jewelry

Portland, Oregon 1121 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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One of a kind, artisan jewelry. Hand fabricated in silver and gold, featuring agates, jaspers, pearls and semi precious stones. I've been a full time metalsmith and jewelry maker for the past 30 years and still love what I do. I hope you will too!

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Last updated on Jan 16, 2018

I'm happy to offer LAY-AWAY, don't hesitate to ask...
One of a kind, artisan jewelry. Hand fabricated in silver and gold, featuring agates, jaspers, pearls and semi precious stones. I've been a full time metalsmith and jewelry maker for the past 30 years and still love what I do. I hope you will too!

betsy bensen

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Large Grey Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring

Large Grey Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring

$225.00

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5 out of 5 stars
(656)
PoeHorse

PoeHorse on Feb 8, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous! I’ll be back for earrings soon. The seller was a joy to work with on my custom piece.

Kerry Hagan

Kerry Hagan on Feb 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Betsy made these beautiful Cufflinks after conferring with me about her design concept. She selected the stones and fabricated a beautiful offset triangular setting that shows off the stones in an imaginative way. Her design allows for a single accenting gold dot to be set on the following edge that hints at a unique stylish element. The ocean jasper reminds me of Art Deco links that would have been worn by my father. Understated but imaginative. Love them.

alex2247

alex2247 on Feb 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I have purchased several items prior to this pendent. Betsy uses high quality stones for all her creations. The stone on this pendent is no exception. Great color, druzy pocket, and quality baroque pearl. 100% pleased. Patricia Brusie

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The 3 amigos! Morrisonite jasper, rose cut sapphire, and lustrous stick pearl
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About

in the beginning...

I've always loved making things, and from the start, art class was simply the best part of the school day for me. But when I got to college I tried everything. Alongside art classes I was dabbling in biology, astronomy, even auto mechanics... and eventually chose to major in Anthropology with an Art minor. What I ended up with, after 5 years, was a degree in Art History.

My career path took shape in the metals department of the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where I was searching for something that would satisfy my desire to make things and my tendency to be detail oriented. It took several years and lots of patience before I finally felt that I had found my place.

Over the years, my work has come to focus on the stones that I love, the non-precious stones, the jaspers and agates. Every now and then I think " hmm, maybe I should have majored in geology...".

The bottom line is, I love what I do, and look forward to getting into my studio every morning.

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Last updated on May 17, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Using customer supplied stones

In most cases, I'm willing to use customer supplied stones in custom orders, and the utmost care will be used in working with them. However, the customer assumes the risk for the stone. Pricing for work with customer supplied stones is going to be slightly higher then my usual pricing.